Learn About Our Programs

Our programs are offered for a wide range of ages intended to expose participants to the wonders of the natural world around us. Special accommodations are available for all programs with adequate notification.

Upcoming events

    • 07/25/2016
    • 07/29/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 29, 3:00 p.m.

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon, Thurs, & Fri)
    Kings Landing Park  (Tues)
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 08/01/2016
    • 08/04/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • varies, see description
    • 6

    For children entering grades 1-2

    Monday, August 1 -Thursday, August 4, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    You don’t need to go on safari to see wildlife – there’s a ton of wildlife to be seen here in Calvert County, if you know here to look. During this camp, we will take the time to look closely for life under logs, stones, even in the mud! Using tools like nets, buckets, and shovels, we’ll search high and low, on land and in the water for bugs, worms, fish and whatever else we can find. In addition to our outdoor explorations, games and journals will help us learn.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Location:
    Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Parkabout Calvert County’s wild things.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150 per camper
      Nonmembers: $180 per camper
      
     
    • 08/01/2016
    • 08/05/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 4

    Entering Grades 8-10

    Monday, August 1- Thursday August 4; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Friday, August 5 7:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.


    The Maryland Biodiversity Project was created to help catalog all of the living things in Maryland. As citizen scientists we will search different habitats to document what plants and animals we find. Be prepared to venture through creeks, look under logs and hike through forests as we go on our safari. We will even visit some parks outside of Calvert County.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
      Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
      Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
      Wednesday-Friday: Kings Landing Park

    *Thursday and Friday we will be traveling to other parks but pick up and drop off will be at Kings Landing Park
       

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
      Nonmembers: $180

    • 08/05/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    All ages, with adult participation

    What is your favorite animal? There are so many - it’s hard to choose just one. Come learn about some of our Calvert County animals through stories, games, and songs. We will end our time together with s’mores!

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) before Wednesday, August 3

    • 08/06/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 16

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    What will the summer marsh hold for us? We will paddle in search of summer wild flowers and maybe try out a seine net to see what we can find living in the river.

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by August 3

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers   

    Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

     

    • 08/09/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0

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    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your archery skills!  Never shot a bow and arrow?  No problem, we'll have a short lesson for beginners before we start. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 08/17/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 0

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    For ages 3-5

    Learn about spider’s creature features, then we will look for them in the forest and meadow. Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Monday, August 15

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 08/17/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 0

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    For ages 3-5

    Learn about spider’s creature features, then we will look for them in the forest and meadow. Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Monday, August 15

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 08/20/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3-5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Jiggly, squishy, slimy jellyfish! We will read a story about jellyfish, walk to the beach to meet jellyfish, and make a craft.

    Special registration information: Wear clothes and shoes that can get sandy.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 17

    • 08/20/2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lubsy
    • 0

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    For families

    Some animals prefer to be active at night. These nocturnal animals can include owls, frogs, foxes and raccoons. Come see who is around after dark at Flag Ponds as we hike through the swamp and the beach.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per family.
    Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline is Monday, August 15

     

    • 08/26/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required


    Butterflies, beetles, and spiders are just a few residents of the Goldenrod Jungle. We will explore the different creatures that live, hunt, and hide there. 


    Special Registration information: Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 23

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 08/26/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required


    Butterflies, beetles, and spiders are just a few residents of the Goldenrod Jungle. We will explore the different creatures that live, hunt, and hide there. 


    Special Registration information: Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 23

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 08/27/2016
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 0

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    For Ages 6 to 9
    Adult participation is required

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist catch and collect ladybugs for Cornell's Lost Ladybug Project.  Learn how you can particpiate in this citizen science project in your own backyard.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Reservations are required by Thursday, August 25. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 08/28/2016
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Learn more about Calvert Nature Society and celebrate our fantastic volunteers. After dinner, listen to a lively talk by Dr. Paul Bushmann, professor at Anne Arundel Community College, on the results of his horseshoe crab survey.

    Free event. Dinner will be BBQ and there will be vegetarian options.

    Dr. Buschmann's lecture is supported by the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust.

    • 09/02/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9

    Ages 4-12

    This fall’s homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different. September’s class will cover finding food and water safely outdoors. With luck, we will include sampling some wild fruit is that is in season.

    Please register by August 31 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 09/02/2016
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15

    Ages 4-12

    This fall’s homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different.  September’s class will cover finding food and water safely outdoors. With luck, we will include sampling some wild fruit is that is in season.

    Please register by August 31 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 09/07/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5

    Salamander Study Work Day

    For adults and families with older children (age 9 and up) with adult participation.  Not suitable for young children.

    Come find out more about our local salamanders and this volunteer program which helps to keep tabs on their population at Flag Ponds Park.  Join the naturalist in getting the traps ready for the fall season.  Bring work gloves and wear clothes that can get dirty.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration is required. Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    This program is free.

    Register by September 2 


     

    • 09/10/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mully's Brewery, Prince Frederick
    • 40

    This event is for participants 21 years and older.

    Think you are a nature expert??? Well grab your friends and come test out your skills at Nature Trivia! We’ll have beverages from some local breweries as well and fun prizes. There is a cash prize for the team finishing in first! We will provide some light snacks but you are welcome to bring snacks too. Registration will start at 6:30 p.m. and trivia will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

    Team Fee: $60    

    Max Team size: 6

    Team Fee must be paid to be considered registered.

    Don't know who will be on your team? Not a problem. Register anyway, and we can add team members later.

    Rules

    • Must be 21 years or older. Picture ID required.
    • Team must have a team name.
    • Up to 6 people (physically present) per team. Minimum team size is one person.
    • Every person at the team table will be counted as part of your maximum team size.
    • No cell/smartphone or other outside information source. We will have a cell phone parking lot in the room. You may not use your cell phone during a round until your team’s answers are turned in to the judge.
    • There is no partial credit for an answer.
    • The quiz master will be the final arbiter of correct answers and scoring. 
    • Any rule not listed here may be made up on the spot by the quiz master, Gene Groshon.
    • Current employees of Calvert County Natural Resources, members of the Calvert Nature Society Board of Directors, or their families, may not be a team member.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Feb 24

    Maximum number of teams: 18

    Location: Mully's Brewery, 141 Schooner Lane, Suite 15, Prince Frederick 

     

     

    • 09/12/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 13
    Ages 12-16 years
     
    A safe place to play outdoors is important for people of all ages. This will be a day for teens to give back as well as have fun outdoors and meet new people by helping create elements for our Nature Play Space.  We will do things like create a digging pit, build a fort, or gather loose parts which may be used by park visitors big and small.    

    Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Bring a water bottle and a snack.

    Please register by September 8

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers




    • 09/16/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 7

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required


    Enjoy a puppet show and game to learn about the caterpillar lifecycle. Then we will go on a walk to look for caterpillars.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September, 13

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 09/16/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 10

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Enjoy a puppet show and game to learn about the caterpillar lifecycle. Then we will go on a walk to look for caterpillars.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September, 13

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 09/17/2016
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 13

    For adults, ages 16 and up.

    Enjoy a peaceful paddle through the marsh in its fall glory. Stops will be made along the way to discover wildlife and plants.

    Special registration information: Participants may bring their own paddles and life vests. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline is Wednesday, September 14 

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers. Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    • 09/20/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Children will pounce and play their way through this exciting program about America’s Wildcats. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Sunday, September 18

     

    • 09/20/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 13

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Children will pounce and play their way through this exciting program about America’s Wildcats. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Sunday, September 18. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

     

    • 09/23/2016
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9

    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    Have a relaxing evening with your family at Flag Ponds Park after hours. Go seining with a naturalist, look for shark's teeth, or simply relax and enjoy the view as the sky changes colors over the bay. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic supper, if you'd like. We will provide the s'mores.

    Only registered participants will be provided with information about entry into the park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Members Only
    Free event

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, September 21. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 09/24/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 30

    All ages, under 18 with adult

    Join other volunteers throughout the nation as they work to conserve our public lands. You will be helping staff clear new nature trails in order to make more of the park accessible to the public. We’ll provide tools and gloves, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 22. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free 

    • 09/24/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8
    For Ages 6 to 9
    Adult participation is required

    The meadow is buzzing with activity as insects prepare for winter.  We'll have containers and nets on hand for your children to borrow so that they can have fun catching and releasing meadow bugs.  If you are lucky enough to catch a monarch butterfly, you can even help the naturalist tag it. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp  

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 22. 

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 09/28/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 6

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    What will the fall give us? Will we find colorful leaves or nuts? Come celebrate fall - we will enjoy playing with whatever we find!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Reservations by September 26 

    Program Fee per family:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

     


    • 09/28/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 9

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    What will the fall give us? Will we find colorful leaves or nuts? Come celebrate fall - we will enjoy playing with whatever we find!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Reservations by September 26 please    

    Program Fee per family:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

     


    • 09/30/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Park
    • 9

    For children ages 8-10 years old, adults are not required 

    Come explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests, and create memories that last a lifetime. 

    We will spend the day exploring this new park area- hiking through the woods, walking in the creek, and playing games.

    Bring water, a snack, lunch, bug spray, sunscreen. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty. You’ll want a change of clothes for the way home and a towel.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Register before September 27

    Fee is per child.
    $20 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers

    • 10/01/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 18

    All ages, adult participation required

    Monarch butterflies need our help. Celebrate the amazing migration of monarch butterflies through hands-on activities, and discover how your family can make a difference by learning how to properly catch and tag them. One-and-a-half hour sessions will be offered throughout the day. You are welcome to come for the whole day; however, pre-registration is encouraged so that staff will be sure to have enough materials on hand.  Registered participants will receive monarch tags to use at home.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalists in charge: Lindsay Hollister and Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 29. 

    Program Fee (please pre-pay since staff will not have a way to make change on-site):  
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 10/03/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
    Ages 12-16 years, adult participation not required

        
    Which way is west from here?  North is the side of the tree with the moss, right?  If you have wanted to learn how to use a compass, now’s your chance!  We’ll go over ways of finding your way without a compass, compass basics, then put our newly-learned skills to the test on an orienteering course around the park.   

    Location - Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee is per person:

    $10 for Society members

    $20 per person for nonmembers
      
    Register by September 29 
      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 10/06/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Varies: Meet at Kings Landing Park
    • 7

    Free Program For Volunteers Ages 10 and Up   

    Help conserve monarch butterflies by gently catching and tagging them. As you help the naturalist collect data at Kings Landing Park, you will learn how you can participate in this citizen science project at home or at our parks.

    Children under 18 must be accompanied by and adult.

    Returning and new volunteers are welcome.

    Location: Varies: Meet at Kings Landing Park.  After searching for butterflies there, we will take a van to Ward Farm Nature Park and try our luck there, returning to Kings Landing at the end.

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, October 4

     

    • 10/06/2016
    • 10/22/2016
    • 2 sessions
    • Assateague Island National Seashore
    • 8

    Ages 12-16 years old

    Friday, October 21, 7:00 a.m. through Saturday, October 22, 5:00 p.m.

    Mandatory pre-trip meeting on Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 pm at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    Assateague Island is poised between the land and the sea - recreated each day by ocean, wind, and waves. Kayak the coastal bay, camp in the sand dunes, cook dinner over a fire, and explore the beach at night.

    Fee per child:
    Society members pay $40 per person.
    Nonmembers pay $60.

    Please register by October 3

    Each child must be registered separately.

    Packing list and other trip info will be provided.

    Location: meets at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp then we'll travel by van to Assateague Island

    Additional details

    Provide your own lunch Friday. Dinner Friday, snacks, breakfast and lunch Saturday provided. Tents provided – must have own sleeping bag.



    • 10/07/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9

    Ages 4-12

    This fall’s homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different.October’s class will cover finding direction with a compass, using a map, how to not get lost, and what to do when you DO get lost.

    Please register by October 5 to attend   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers


    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 10/07/2016
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15

    Ages 4-12

    This fall’s homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different.  October’s class will cover finding direction with a compass, using a map, how to not get lost, and what to do when you DO get lost.

    Please register by October 5 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 10/13/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    Enjoy a short autumn stroll to explore common leaf types and why leaves fall. We will collect freshly fallen leaves and use them to create a variety of easy craft projects. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations by Monday, October 10 please    

    Program Fee per family:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

     


    • 10/13/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    Enjoy a short autumn stroll to explore common leaf types and why leaves fall. We will collect freshly fallen leaves and use them to create a variety of easy craft projects. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations by Monday, October 10 please    

    Program Fee per family:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

     


    • 10/15/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    Ages 10-16, Adults invited but not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park dressed as a pirate to learn about the adventures of real Chesapeake Bay pirates of old.  We will hunt for treasure while handling real tools of the pirate trade.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 10/18/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Join us as we learn about why these silly creatures are going nuts this time of year. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for Societymembers
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Sunday, October 16

     

    • 10/18/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 13

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Join us as we learn about why these silly creatures are going nuts this time of year. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Sunday, October 16

     

    • 10/21/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick, MD
    • 8

    For Ages: 6-9 years
    Adult participation is required.

    Kids get familiar with the skill of orienteering by navigating through Battle Creek Cypress Swamp with a compass.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, October 19.

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

    • 10/22/2016
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6
    For All Ages
    Adult participation is required

    It’s that time of the year again when the weather gets cool and the days get shorter. We will have a campfire and talk about the seasonal changes during fall while cooking a special snack over the fire.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required

    Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct 14

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 10/22/2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 10
    Ages 16 to adult

    Under 18 years old, must be accompanied by and adult.

    Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County.  We'll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights, jacket

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 10/31/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 6

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    Gather together to celebrate our local owls! Find out what makes them special and meet some in person.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations by October 20 please    

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

     


    • 10/31/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    Gather together to celebrate our local owls! Find out what makes them special and meet some in person.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations by October 20 please    

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

     


    • 11/03/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    The puppets will talk about the ways animals use their tails.  Children will also create a pretend animal tail and will wear them on a short hike through the park. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for Societymembers
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, November 1

     

    • 11/03/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 12

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    The puppets will talk about the ways animals use their tails.  Children will also create a pretend animal tail and will wear them on a short hike through the park. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, November 1

     

    • 11/04/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9

    Homeschool Fridays

    Ages 4-12

    This fall’s homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different. November’s class will cover finding and making shelter in the outdoors – as well as how to pitch a tent.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family. 

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register by November 2 to attend   

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 11/04/2016
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15

    Homeschool Fridays

    Ages 4-12

    This fall’s homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different. November’s class will cover finding and making shelter in the outdoors – as well as how to pitch a tent.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family. 

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register by November 2 to attend   

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 11/05/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick, MD
    • 8
    For ages 6-9, with adult participation.

    What animal left those footprints? How long ago were they here? Learn how to identify animals from their footprints and other clues they leave behind.  

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations by November 2 please    

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

    • 11/07/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8

    For children ages 12-16

    Come find out what it takes to work with captive hawks and owls.  Help take care of the daily maintenance of these birds and spend some time working hands-on with them.     

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp   

    Space is limited to 8.

    Fee is per child.

    Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Please register by November 3

     

    • 11/09/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown, MD
    • 10

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Ever wanted to know more about the deer you see in your back yard? We will go on a hike to learn more about this common backyard animal.

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Nov 7

    • 11/09/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown, MD
    • 10

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Ever wanted to know more about the deer you see in your back yard? We will go on a hike to learn more about this common backyard animal.

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Nov 7

    • 11/12/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 19

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    ¡Bienvenidos! ¿Quieres aprender un poco de español acerca de la naturaleza? Juntos vamos a ir de excursión y descubrir la belleza de la naturaleza. Este programa está centrado principalmente en los principiantes nuevos al idioma español.

    Welcome! Do you want to learn a little bit of Spanish about nature? Together we will go on a hike and discover the beauty of nature in a new language. This program will be in both Spanish and English and is focused primarily on beginners new to the Spanish language.

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, November 10


    • 11/15/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick MD
    • 6

    For Ages 3 to 5 years, adult participation is required

    A dead tree is full of life! Discover the many different animals that call dead trees home. A puppet show and hike will help us learn.  

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are requiredRegistration Deadline: Friday, November 11

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 11/15/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick MD
    • 8

    For Ages 3 to 5 years, adult participation is required

    A dead tree is full of life! Discover the many different animals that call dead trees home. A puppet show and hike will help us learn.  

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are requiredRegistration Deadline: Friday, November 11

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 11/17/2016
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown

    Your Land, Your Legacy -
    Landowner Meeting

    Wondering how to protect your land for the future?
    Join us for a casual, informative evening with local and regional agencies, nonprofits, and other landowners in the county.
    Learn more about estate planning, conservation easements, cost share programs and more. No cost and no obligation.    

    The evening is organized by the Calvert County Land Preservation Committee

    Registration is not required. 

    Fee: None
    Location: Kings Landing Park, 3255 Kings Landing Road, Huntingtown, MD


    • 11/19/2016
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1

    All ages, with adult participation

    Most everyone knows how to make s’mores over a fire, but campfire cooking can be so much more. Come discover some new campfire cooking methods and recipes. Dress for the weather - and bring your appetite.

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Fee is per family. Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Please register by November 16

    • 12/02/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on “Outdoor Skills,” with each month will focusing on something different.  In December’s class we will cover how to keep warm when it’s cold outside – including dressing right for the weather and safely using fire.  This class will include a snack cooked over a fire.

    Please register by November 30 to attend   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 12/02/2016
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on “Outdoor Skills,” with each month will focusing on something different.  In December’s class we will cover how to keep warm when it’s cold outside – including dressing right for the weather and safely using fire.  This class will include a snack cooked over a fire.

    Please register by November 30 to attend   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

     

    • 12/03/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 12

    For Adults and teens 16 years and older.

    Eagles, ducks, geese and more! We will enjoy a leisurely hike along the beach to see what birds are out and about. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring binoculars if you have them. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required, deadline: Wednesday, November 30

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

     

Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.  The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

Copyright Calvert Nature Society.
Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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